Title Background

Grace Holds the “Clicket” to the Heavenly “Wiket”‘: <i>Piers Plowman</i> the <i> Roman de la Rose </i>, the <i> Roman de la Rose </i>, and the Poetics of Penetration

Grace Holds the “Clicket” to the Heavenly “Wiket”‘: Piers Plowman the Roman de la Rose , the Roman de la Rose , and the Poetics of Penetration

This essay is part of the forum on ‘Langland and the French Tradition’, edited by R. D. Perry and Elizaveta Strakhov. Watson argues that L engages with French texts such as the Roman de la Rose and Machaut’s Remède de Fortune in a deep and critical way, weaving French literary influence into the language and theology of his poem. In particular, this essay considers L’s use of the rhyme pair wiket-cliket in passus 5, tracing the rhyme to a French source text, and examining how the sexual valence of these terms may have shaped the salvific theology of L’s dream vision.

Volume

Yearbook of Langland Studies, 30 (2016), 207–26.

Author

Watson, Sarah Wilma